Girls in Trucks

By Katie Crouch (Trade Paperback, 2009)
Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316002127

    • On Sale Date: 04/07/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook, Electronic Book

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Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.

Katie Crouch grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and studied writing at Brown and Columbia Universities. She lives in San Francisco.

  • Girls In Trucks

  • '''A captivating novel....Given all the predictable tales about young women, Sarah's genuine imperfection seems refreshing." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "A moving story about a funny, frank, and unforgettable chick." (Cosmopolitan).

  • "A very amusing debut" (Vanity Fair).

  • "A charming debut novel.... A fresh, effervescent story that takes run-of-the-mill despair and instability and churns them into a memorable tale of good girls and bad choices." (USA Today).

  • "Katie Crouch's hip and saucy debut is exquisite, the best kind of book there is:  It seduces you into inhaling it while at the same time begging to be savored.  Perfect for beach, bus or rehab."

  • "Sarah's voice is a funny, slim stiletto to the heart of friendship, desire, and love. Crouch's spare prose and sharp dialogue flay open a universal need to belong, whether to a place, a person, or your own true self." (Portland Oregonian).

  • In the book's final scene, Crouch leaves her characters in a shared moment of new joy, one that may or may not last, no guarantees, just like in life and in good literature." (San Francisco Chronicle).

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Girls in Trucks
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN
  • Pages: 272
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316002127
  • On Sale Date: 04/07/2009
Girls in Trucks